Paramount's The Wolf of Wall Street was up one spot and a strong 40 percent over Monday to move into first place on Tuesday with $1.96 million. Yesterday marked the first time that The Wolf of Wall Street has led the daily box office. The Martin Scorsese directed awards season hopeful starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down just 41 percent from last Tuesday's New Year's Eve performance. Films aimed at adult moviegoers held up especially well on Tuesday, due in part to Monday's grosses being deflated by the cold weather throughout much of the country and by the NCAA Football Championship. The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed a solid $66.47 million through 14 days of release. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $62.03 million 14-day take of 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Frozen was down one spot from Monday to finish in a very close second for the day with $1.90 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster trailed The Wolf of Wall Street by a very slim $53,982 for the day. Frozen surpassed the $300 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $300.32 million to date. Frozen is the fourth release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone (and by far the most unexpected of the group), as it joins Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Despicable Me 2. Frozen was up 10 percent over Monday and down 73 percent from last Tuesday's inflated New Year's Eve performance.
Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held steady in third place with $1.57 million. The second installment of Peter's Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was up 21 percent over Monday and down 72 percent from last Tuesday. With a 26-day take of $231.93 million, The Desolation of Smaug is currently running 13 percent behind the $266.72 million 26-day take of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (which also grossed $1.57 million on its 26th day of release).
Sony's American Hustle was up one spot and 44 percent over Monday to finish in fourth with $1.49 million. In the process, the David O. Russell directed awards season hopeful surpassed the $90 million mark yesterday. With $90.46 million after 19 days of wide release, American Hustle is now just $9.54 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic mark. American Hustle was down 66 percent from last Tuesday.
Paramount's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues claimed fifth place on Tuesday with $1.145 million, while fellow Paramount release Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones followed closely behind in sixth place with $1.134 million. The two films were separated by just $11,141 for the day. To date, Anchorman 2 has grossed a solid $110.78 million in 21 days, while Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has grossed a modest $20.58 million in five days.
In other box office news on Tuesday, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now surpassed the $408.01 million final domestic gross of 2012's The Hunger Games. After grossing $0.669 million on Tuesday, Catching Fire has grossed $408.37 million to date. That also places Catching Fire on the verge of surpassing the $409.01 million final gross of Iron Man 3 to become the highest grossing release of 2013 domestically.